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CBS
Nov 21, 2013 4:00am PST
i've let down our constituents. i've let down my family. >> congressman trey radel takes a leave of absence. the former republican stepping aside after pleading guilty to cocaine possession. >> so guilty in your mind of nothing. >> i feel like i should be there opening day. >> a-rod. he walks out of a hearing on his drug suspension and president obama gives 16 extraordinary americans the nation's highest civilian award. captioning funded by cbs >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, november 21st, 2013. good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. well, congressman trey radel says he let down his country, his family, and his constituents. radel pleaded guilty to drug possession but is not resigning from congress. instead he's taking a year off effective immediately. susan mcginnis from washington. susan, good morning. >> good morning, anne-marie. radel said he wants to continue serving his country. on wednesday he said he struggles with drugs and alcohol abuse and says he sees this charge as an opportunity to get help. late last night congressman trey radel apo
MSNBC
Nov 21, 2013 12:00am PST
meeting about vine and how members of congress can use it better. >> that was trey radel, prolific viner, he vines about everything, there is one thing he probably won be vining about. and we'll talk about that, ahead. hey, buddy? oh, hey, flo. >>> early in oprah winfrey's career, her bosses told her she should change her name to susie. i have to pause here to say i got the same advice. >> so oprah was at the white house today, as was president bill clinton, country music star loretta lynn, and my personal favorite, chicago cubs favorite, ernie banks, they were there to receive the highest award, from people famous to probably people you never heard of. every one of them has an incredible story. some of the most interesting stories come from the people in that latter category. the honor, heralded by the president, it is an opportunity for the president to express his own view and values. that is because he, some day she, gets to select the recipients. perhaps you have seen the hash tag, obamasamerica, and some will take that tweet and blame is on the white house. but if you want to
MSNBC
Nov 20, 2013 8:00pm PST
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CBS
Nov 20, 2013 4:00am PST
today think the site is secure? >> no. >> no. >> no. >> no. >>> congressman charged trey radel after they say he bought cocaine from am undercover agent. >>> and a new way to find the perfect fit. >> boot cut wash and they fit from every angle. captioning funded by cbs the problem weren't enough. >> there's no doubt that we've lost some time, but the website's getting better each week. by the end of this month, it will be functioning for the majority of people who are using it. and so i think that we're going to have time to catch up. >> there were several congressional hearings yesterday on the issue. nancy cordes has more on the investigation and the report that warned of big problems with the site. >> reporter: with startling fore site the consulting firm predicted more than six months ago that the rollout would be involved with evolving requirements, insufficient end time, end to end testing and significant deficiencies. >> this report lays out the chaos that was going on, but these -- all of this information was known within the white house recommend mckinsey was hired by the ad
CBS
Nov 20, 2013 12:00pm PST
trey radel arrived at court to face a misdemeanor cocaine charge. he pleaded guilty to one count of drug possession. the judge quickly sentenced him to one year of minimally supervised probation and ordered him to contribute $250 to a victims compensation fund. radel's wife was not with him in court. in a statement, released tuesday, the 37-year-old republican apologized to his constituents and said he had a drinking problem. "i struggle with the disease of alcoholism, he said, and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice. as the father of a young son and husband to a loving wife." radel wrote, "i need to get help so i can be a better man for both of them." the dea says he bought cocaine from an undercover agent on october 29th, not far from the capital. agents learned radel had bought cocaine multiple times so they set up a sting operation. radel was elected in 2012. he represents constituents in a heavily republican southwest florida district. and sometimes calls himself, a hip-hop conservative. >> tupac is what i listen to in my car. >> reporter: he is currently cosponsoring
MSNBC
Nov 20, 2013 5:00pm PST
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ABC
Nov 21, 2013 4:00am PST
congressman, trey radel. >> he's speaking out for the first time since his arrest on cocaine charges and dropped a bombshell last night during a press conference. speaking to reporters from his office, a contrite trey radel apologized and announced he is taking a leave of absence. >> i'm sorry. i have no excuse for what i've done. i have let down our country. i've let down our constituents. i've let down my family. >> reporter: during the news conference, radel admitted he has been struggling with alcoholism and substance abuse on and off for years. the florida republican and tea party favorite, pleaded guilty to cocaine possession after being nabbed in the federal sting. the charges, radel was charged to a year's probation. florida democrats are canningster his asking for his resignation. supporters are already rallying behind him. >> should he resign? absolutely not. he's going to come out a better person for this. and i believe that people in southwest florida are going to benefit from that. >> smart, hard-working, dedicated, loyal, strong. trey supporters believe he can fight through
ABC
Nov 21, 2013 1:40am PST
the senior citizen arrested? >>> the remorseful trey radel. congressman's cocaine charges and his big apology. what he is promising to his family and the nation following his arrest. >>> falling fire ball. the scary sight over the skies of oregon. what experts are saying after it was witnessed by so many. >>> stunt spoof, jean claude van damme, the latest attempt to repeat it. it is going viral. it is in "the skinny" on this thursday, november 21st. >> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. >> good thursday morning. i'm surprised it took this long for someone to come out with a spoof of the jean claude van damme. >> next time i my pregnant self will ride on two big rigs just like that. >> it would go viral. i'd love to see that. i think everybody would. you want to give us a preview. >> i don't want to spoil it. i will save the best for lasts. >> let's get started. good morning to all of you. we begin with the elderly american war vet now in north korean hands. the grandfather and former teacher was detained leaving the country. >> the
Comedy Central
Nov 20, 2013 11:00pm PST
florida. >> republican trey radel. >> jon: trey radel was partying with chuck hagel and elena kagan. were there any signs? >> the congressman admitted his favorite vacation spot was cartagena, colombia. [ laughter ] >> jon: were there any signs? anything? anything that could have tipped us off that he was a cocaine user? anything you found? anything? >> radel who calls himself a hip-hop conservative. [ laughter ] >> jon: a hip-hop conservative -- that can't go together. they can't -- i'm a hip-hop conservative -- you can't be. i'm a smooth jazz anarchist. i'm a disco nazi. you can't -- it doesn't -- how are you a hip-hop conservative. >> he breaks down what he says is the conservative message behind public enemies fight the power. >> if you really get down to it in my ways reflects the conservative message of having a heavy handed federal government. >> jon: it has nothing to do with that. i guess flava flav is wear age debt clock. is that what that is? and too live crew is an ode to traditional marriage. i guess we can get his new book "i do not understand rap music. we're all human, we
ABC
Nov 20, 2013 5:30pm PST
tonight new developments in the drug bust of a congressman, tray radel. he was in court today pleading guilty to charges of cocaine possession as we learn more about how federal agents caught him. here's abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas. >> reporter: today congressman trey radel took the walk no politician wants to make, the walk of shame, as he left the court after pleading guilty to cocaine possession. it was a long distance from the hallowed halls of congress for a first-term conservative who pushed for drug testing of people on food stamps. >> we stand up and say our society is not about i, the federal government. it is about we the people. >> reporter: but radel's conservative image evaporated when his cocaine dealer told dea and fbi agents he was a regular customer. on october 29th, they set up a sting right here outside this upscale restaurant in washington's dupont circle. radel bought $260 worth of cocaine from undercover agents. later that night, authorities told him he had just bought drugs from an undercover federal agent. today radel threw himself on the me
CNN
Nov 21, 2013 2:00am PST
the east. >> we begin with cocaine and politics. an aide to freshman congressman trey radel says the congressman plans to check himself into a rehabilitation center today. overnight he delivered an emotional news conference where he says he has been struggling with daddiction for years. he has no plans to step down but some people want him out of office right now. >> i have no excuse for what i've done. >> reporter: contrite and apologetic, trey radel announced late wednesday night he is taking a leave from congress after pleading guilty to possession of cocaine. >> i've let down our country. i've let down our constituents. i've let down my family. >> reporter: the freshman lawmaker says he is accepting responsibility for his actions. >> i have been getting the help that i need and i will continue to get the help that i need. >> reporter: federal agents arrested radel back in october during a drug sting. court documents say he bought 3 1/2 grams of cocaine from an undercover officer. radel calls his actions extremely irresponsible and says he has been struggling for addiction for yea
Comedy Central
Nov 21, 2013 9:30am PST
week, and like most sad news, it comes from washington. jim? >> republican trey radel of florida today pleaded guilty to cocaine possession. >> he purchased three and a half grams of cocaine from an undercover officer. >> the tea party favorite represents florida's 19th district. >> stephen: yes, this rising tea party star was caught in a coke bust. apparently he forgot the part of the tea party story where you dump the product in the harbor before the cops show up. folks, personally, i hate to lose a congressman so fiscally conservative that i'm sure he snorted his blow through a $1 bill. and so committed to family values, folks, that he actually voted to drug test people who receive food stamps ( booing ) no, no, no. he's not a hypocrite. because he doesn't get food stamps from the government. just his paycheck. but you know what i can't say i'm surprised. i'm been on the cocaine congress beat since robert wexler told me this. >> i enjoy cocaine because it's the fun thing to do. ( applause ) ( laughter ). >> stephen: what is it with florida congressmen? i mean, there must be somethin
MSNBC
Nov 23, 2013 2:00am PST
related news this week. like most sad news, it comes from washington. jim? >> republican trey radel of florida today pleaded guilty to drug possession. >> represents florida's 19th district. >> yes, this rising teen party star was caught in a coke bust. apparently he forgot the party of the tea party story where you dump the product in the harbor before the cops show up. folks, personally i hate to lose a congressman so fiscally conservative that i'm sure he snorted his blow through a $1 bill. >> time now for the sideshow. that was stephen colbert on trey radel. the first member of congress ever to plead geelt cocaine possession while in office. i guess there's a first for everything. but as it turns out radel's also the first congressman to be known as a hip pop conservative. a title he bestowed upon himself back in july. he credits it for his more rebellious side and look at politics. look at this interview that he gave last spring. >> is there a lyric or a song that explains how you feel about the situation in washington? >> you know, the first one that i would have to refer to woul
MSNBC
Nov 21, 2013 2:30am PST
radel will take a leave of absence as he undergoes enpatient addiction treatment before the announcement coming in the wake of his arrest in a federal drug sting. yesterday the first term republican pleaded guilty to buying 3.5 grams of cocaine. he was sentence to one year of probation and a $250 fine on the misdemeanor charge. >> i have no excuse for what i've done. and i'm not going to sit here and try to make any excuses for what i've done. sometimes in life you you need a wake-up call. this is my wake-up call. i've been struggling with this, but i've had my wake-up call. and i now know what i need. i need to take responsibility, own up to the sdegss that i've made, and move forward. >> radel's father by the way tells the cincinnati inquirer that radel met with top republicans including speaker boehner who urged the congressman not to resign. the editorial board in his district however says he must step aside. >>> the kennedy cousin in press on for the murder of a teen amgd girl is poised to be released pending a new trial. earlier this month he won an appeal in his conviction for the
NBC
Nov 21, 2013 4:00am PST
. a major mea culpa in the pursuit of redemption. trey radel speaks out for the first time. >>> a. rod's rage. he storms out of a grievance history. he said he's disgusted with the abusive process. >>> designer dog. is this the perfect face? >>> plus, the food that lengthens your life span, stamps out heart disease and cancer while making you slimmer. >>> and women who have accomplished the near impossible. "early today" starts right now. >>> this is "early today" for thursday, november 21st. >>> good morning. i'm richard lui. overnight congressman trey radel arrived in florida hours after he pleaded guilty to buying cocaine and was sentenced to a year of probation. he is taking a leave of absence from congress and apologized. he said he'd enter what he calls intensive inpatient treatment. >> i have been getting the help that i need and i will continue to get the help that i need and the support system that i need for years to come. i believe in forgiveness and redemption. and i hope if there is anything positive that can come out of this and i know there will be positive that com
CBS
Nov 20, 2013 6:00pm EST
. >> congressman trey radel arrived in court to face a misdemeanor cocaine charge. the dea says radel bought cocaine from an undercover agent october 29th t nor fafrom the capitol. a sting operation was set up. >> cellphone video owshs the flolent ensce siinde a third oor hallway at overbrohiok gh tehool auds st entslebatt and rsacheth wili poce try to restore order. the disturbance officials say was sparked by a fight over a weekend posting on social media. >> cheaper gasoline lowered overall consumer prices slightly in october. u.s. gas prices fell in the spring and reached a two year low. nationwide the average price of a gallon of regular is $3.20. >> toyota plans to center a hydrogen fuel cell car on u.s. roads by 2015. it's expected to sell for between 50 and $100,000. >> president obama presented one of his predecessors with the country's highest civilian honor, the medal of freedom. he also highlighted oprah winfrey's not changing her name. >> early in oprah's career her bosses told her she should change her name to susie. i got the same advice. >>> senator creigh deeds is upg
ABC
Nov 20, 2013 4:00am PST
. >> republican trey radel, will answer to charges today in a washington, d.c. courtroom. he already has a message for the voters back home. >> i'm a conservative. >> reporter: overnight, comments flooding the facebook page of first-term florida congressman trey radel. after he posted an apology saying, i am disappointed in myself. and i stand ready to face the consequences of my actions. radel is charged with misdemeanor cocaine possession. he was arrested last month in an fbi sting. and is set to be arraigned today. the 37-year-old blames his struggle with alcoholism for leading him to, quote, a irresponsible choice. his story drawing comparisons to embattled toronto mayor, rob ford. >> i'm not an addict of any sort. >> reporter: radel was elected last year. telling cnn -- >> i just want to do something to be able to help. >> reporter: in a recent interview, he said his favorite vacation spot outside of florida is cartagena, colombia. and he's known for his love of hip-hop music. >> public enemy "bring the noise," is one of my favorite tracks. >> reporter: voters are already bringing t
CNN
Nov 21, 2013 3:00am PST
you? >>> to florida where trey radel says his arrest in a drug sting was a wakeup call. he's taking a leave of absence to enter a substance abuse program the announcement coming hours after he pleaded guilty to cocaine possession. alena machado is live in florida for us this morning. what are you hearing, alina? >> reporter: the 37-year-old lawmaker says he has hit bottom. he came back to his district late last night and came straight to his offices to talk to reporters about his future. >> i have no excuse for what i've done. >> reporter: contrite and apologetic, republican congressman trey radel announced late wednesday night he's taking a leave of absence from congress after pleading guilty to possession of cocaine. >> i've let down our country. i've let down our constituents. i've let down my family. >> reporter: the freshman lawmaker says he's accepting responsibility for his actions. >> i have been getting the help that i need. and i will continue to get the help that i need. >> reporter: federal agents arrested radel back in october during a drug sting. court documents say he
NBC
Nov 20, 2013 6:00pm EST
will be on probation for a year. we expect to hear from trey radel later tonight. he'll hold a news conference from his office in florida. radel told a judge he bought 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover police officer. darcy spencer was in court there today and joins us with more. >> it's safe to say very few people expected him to walk into court and plead guilty and to be sentenced right away. one independent attorney says he doesn't think he got special treatment. he says low level buyers aren't usually the targets of federal undercover operations. it was here at the circa restaurant that trey radel bought cocaine from an undercover cop last month. today he rushed past camera crews to a d.c. courtroom where he pleaded guilty to a cocaine possession charge. standing quietly next to his attorney, he admitted he bought cane on a d.c. street last month. he said, i apologize for what i've done. i've hit a bottom where i realize i need help. the first term republican congressman could have been put behind bars for up to six months on the misdemeanor charge. he escaped jail time on
CNN
Nov 20, 2013 2:00pm PST
trey radel of florida, today, pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and was given probation. the lawmaker who's called himself, and i'm quoting now, a hip hop conservative, that's what he calls himself, now says he's hit bottom. cnn's crime and justice correspondent, joe johns, is here in "the situation room" with the latest on a pretty shocking story. >> it is, wolf. it's a misdemeanor in this case. people in this country get hit with it all the time. but for an elected official of the federal government, pleading guilty in a street level buy bust operation is just a huge public relations problem. saying nothing, the florida congressman headed in to face his charges. his guilty plea, weeks after trey radel was caught in a sting operation in late october. the drug enforcement administration setting him up, after learning about his illegal activities from an arrested drug dealer. a law enforcement source said they met here at circa restaurant in dupont circle at the heart of washington, d.c. radel told the men, he had drugs back at his apartment and invited them over. they decline
CNN
Nov 20, 2013 10:00pm PST
have time to focus on the things you love. ink from chase. so you can. >>> welcome back. trey radel is a freshman u.s. congressman from florida. he pled guilty today to a possible cocaine conviction. he faced a possible sentence of up to 180 days in prison but got probation instead. his arrest in october only came to light yesterday as the rest had been filed. over the last few weeks his lawyers have been cutting a deal with federal prosecutors in a statement yesterday, radel apologized saying he struggles with alcoholism. he's only been in washington for over ten months, apparently long enough to establish drug connections. he was busted during a string operation after a dealer ratted him out. joe johns has details. >> reporter: saying nothing, the florida congressman headed in to face charges, his guilty plea weeks after trey radel was caught in a sting operation in october. the drug enforcement administration setting him up after learning about illegal activities from an arrested drug dealer. a law enforcement source said here on dupont circle in the heart of washington d.c. rade
MSNBC
Nov 20, 2013 2:00pm PST
everybody who had access to food stamps was drug tested. it's like, what? >> congressman trey radel proves to be a rod ford conservative. >> i know what i did was wrong. >> i goofed up, eh? >> going to end up eating a steady diet of government cheese and living in a van down by the river! >> there's about a half dozen other things that i could lead with tonight, but you know what? i'm going to lead with this guy. i want to talk tonight about leadership, responsibility, character. because for years, we have been told by the right wing talkers of america that character counts. this is a guy who stood next to mitt romney. this is a guy who stood next to everybody big-time republican in america. said he could do the job. was ready to represent you in florida. guess what? he's a cocaine user. well, you know why congress' polling is in the toilet? probably because of guys like this. i give him no quarter. this guy right here is exactly what's wrong with republicans in congress. and, yes, there are some democrats who have had some shortcomings. but i guess my question tonight is, what does
MSNBC
Nov 21, 2013 2:00am PST
near impossible. i'm mara schiavocampo. overnight congressman trey radel arrived in florida hours after he pleaded guilty to buying cocaine and was sentenced to a year of probation. he is taking a leave of absence from congress and apologized. >> i have been getting the help that i need and i will continue to get the help that i need and the support system that i need for years to come. i believe in forgiveness and redemption. and i hope if there is anything positive that can come out of this and i know there will be positive that comes out of this, it's that i hope that i can be a role model for millions of others that are struggling with this disease. >> house speaker john boehner won't say whether he thinks his fellow republican should resign. radel was caught last month in a sting set up by federal authorities. an undercover officer met him at a restaurant after his dealer tipped off the feds. he pout more than bought more than 3 grams. >>> baseball slugger alex rodriguez stormed out of an arbitration hearing of his appeal. he was angry after the arbitrator refused to order ba
Comedy Central
Nov 21, 2013 7:00pm PST
all have seen radel's trip down 8-ball mountain coming. when radel recorded this spanish language message to the people of colombia. >> a message from florida congressman trey radel to the colombian community. last week i was in the beautiful, spectacular, and growing country of colombia. in part, strengthening our relationship with our ally and friend country. but mostly, to score coke. ( laughter ) specifically, i want a reliable source of the purest colombian coke. frankly, i'm tired of middle men diluting my ( bleep ) with baby laxatives. so i need to connect to beam me up on some of that straight, colombian gutter glitter. we consider share it and then we will dance and dance and dance. ( laughter ) >> stephen: so best of luck, congressman. we will miss you, and of course-- what's that? he's not resigning? what is he, high! folks,ub i'm not one to sit in judgment. i prefer to jump up and down in judgment. this is tip of the hat, wag of the finger. ( cheers and applause ). first up, folks, just seconds ago i think i made it clear, i'm no fan of drug addicts. just thinking abou
MSNBC
Nov 24, 2013 4:00am PST
. >> republican trey radel of florida pleaded guilty to cocaine possession. >> the tea party's favorite of florida's district. >> he was caught in a coke bust. apparently, he forgot the part of the tea party story where you dump the product in the harbor before the cops show up. folks, personally, i hate to lose a congressman so fiscally conservative that i'm sure he snorted his blow through a one dollar bill. >> time for the side show. that was steve colbert on trey radel, the first member of congress to plead charguilty to charges of coke potion while in charge. he's also known as a hip-hop conservative, a title he destrowed upon himself. he credited his love of hip-hop and gangster rap for his more rubellious side. take a look at this interview he gave last spring. >> is there a lyric or a song that explains how you feel about the situation in washington right now? >> the first one that i would have to refer to would be fight to power by public enemy. this is a song that came out, really, if you really get down to it, in many ways reflects the conservative message. i think at the end of
CNN
Nov 20, 2013 6:00am PST
republican trey radel who represents parts of southwest florida, and some of his constituents say they're not happy. >> he needs >> he's destroying his own family, so what he's care about us, the people he's supposed to be representing. >> radel could face a fine and prison time. athena jones is in washington, she'll be headed into court shortly. i understand you have new details how this arrest was made. >> reporter: yes, good morning john. we're just learning through the help of our justice correspondent evan perez representative radel was arrested in a sting that was part of a broader investigation by the dea, and the fbi, of a drug trafficking ring here in washington, d.c. he was not -- buyers and users were not the targets. it was the dealers themselves. they learned through a dealer one of histocustomers was a congressman and arranged this sting. we expect to see a contrite congressman radel when we peers just a few minutes from now in court. he said he's profundly sorry, he's disappointed in himself and he's seeking treatment. representative trey radel says he came to washington be
MSNBC
Nov 20, 2013 2:30am PST
in the psychiatric ward. >>> republican congressman trey radel will be arraigned in court this morning for alleged possession of cocaine. oous "today" citing a dea reporter bought cocaine last month from a dealer who had been previously arrested. the dealer told officials one his clients was a congressman and they set up a sting. late their day federal authorities confronted the congressman at his home. radel says he suffers from alcoholism and led him to an extremely bad choice. he says i need to get help so i can be a better man. radel says he's seeking treatment and counseling. >>> it was a great run, but after one show, embattled toronto mayor's tv show has been canceled. ford nation made its debut monday night, it featured ford and his councilman brother addressing a allegations of alcoholism and his crack smoking. he tried to address them head on. a spokesperson for the canadian network says while the show's ratings did well, the economics of producing more shows didn't work for the long term. then more insult to injury, half of ford's office defected to the office of the
NBC
Nov 20, 2013 5:30pm PST
radel of florida, a freshman congressman was arrested as part of an undercover sting operation. our justice correspondent has more on how he came to the attention of authorities, and how he got caught. >> reporter: congressman trey radel walked into a washington, d.c. courthouse as the first member of congress ever pleading guilty for cocaine. he was caught, authorities say, because a member of a drug ring that was under federal investigation told agents that a congressman was a repeat customer. so they set up a sting. here's how prosecutors say it happened. congressman radel met with an undercover police officer at this restaurant in the dupont circle neighborhood and agreed to buy 3.5 grams of cocaine for $260. here's what 3.5 grams of baking powder looks like. they went to the undercover police officer's car, back out on the street federal drug agents moved in. he is a former radio talk show host, and anchorman in florida. >> i don't want my son growing up in a bankrupt nation. >> reporter: his hard fought battle ended with victory from tea party members. the florida democratic p
CNN
Nov 20, 2013 2:00am PST
radel is due in court facing charges that he was carrying cocaine. this goes as a dramatic change for the freshman who was elected just over a year ago. athena jones has more. >> reporter: he came to washington because he wants to be able to help. >> our nation is facing incredible crisis on so many different fronts. we have a debt that is crushing this country. >> reporter: but now the freshman congressman will be in a washington, d.c. superior courtroom today, facing charges of misdemeanor cocaine possession after his arrest last month. 37-year-old legislator released a state saying he's profoundly sorry to let down his family and the people of southwest florida. radel said he struggling with the disease of alcoholic and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice. he says he knows he has a problem and will do whatever he can to overcome it. the former journalist was elected last year. >> i want to be a conservative voice that stands up for what's right and does the right thing. but i want to be able to have the ability to in fact reach across not just the aisle, but to all am
MSNBC
Nov 21, 2013 8:00am PST
chime in on facebook, as well. >>> florida's trey radel is taking responsibility for his actions, but that did not include stepping down from office. what he said he will do instead to make up for that cocaine bust and did you see this story? after 12 days a-rod storms right out of the hearings with the arbitrators. what he says was the last straw. stay with us. 0%! i can't get her to warp. losing thrusters. i need more power. give me more power! [ mainframe ] located. ge deep-sea fuel technology. a 50,000-pound, ingeniously wired machine that optimizes raw data to help safely discover and maximize resources in extreme conditions. our current situation seems rather extreme. why can't we maximize our... ready. ♪ brilliant. let's get out of here. warp speed. ♪ warp speed. i started part-time, now i'm a manager.n. my employer matches my charitable giving. really. i get bonuses even working part-time. where i work, over 400 people are promoted every day. healthcare starting under $40 a month. i got education benefits. i work at walmart. i'm a pharmacist. sales associate. i manage
MSNBC
Nov 26, 2013 9:00am PST
. >> happy holidays. >>> coming up the florida republican party has a message for trey radel. it's time to resign. the latest blow for the republican congressman next. ♪ ♪ by the end of december, we'll be delivering ♪ ♪ through 12 blizzards blowing ♪ 8 front yards blinding ♪ 6 snowballs flying ♪ 5 packages addressed by toddlers ♪ ♪ that's a q ♪ 4 lightning bolts ♪ 3 creepy gnomes ♪ 2 angry geese ♪ and a giant blow-up snowman ♪ that kind of freaks me out [ beep ] [ female announcer ] no one delivers the holidays like the u.s. postal service. priority mail flat rate is more reliable than ever. and with improved tracking up to 11 scans, you can even watch us get it there. ♪ you can even watch us get it there. [ female announcer ] some people like to pretend a flood could never happen to them. and that their homeowners insurance protects them. [ thunder crashes ] it doesn't. stop pretending. only flood insurance covers floods. ♪ visit floodsmart.gov/pretend to learn your risk. you get your coffee here. you get your hair cut here. you find that certain thing you
MSNBC
Nov 20, 2013 7:00pm PST
here in southwest florida, thank you. >> that was congressman trey radel, and a live news conference in his district in southwest florida, where he began by saying simply "i'm sorry." he then said "i have no excuse for what i've done." this is after pleading guilty and being convicted today in washington, d.c., of possession of cocaine. he said he was here tonight to take responsibility for what i've done. said i want to be a better man. announced he's going to take a leave of absence so that he can submit himself to intensive what he called intensive inpatient treatment. he did say i have been struggling with this, he said present tense i'm struggling with this disease, toward the end when he was asked how long he's been dealing with this, he said i've been dealing with this off and on for years. joining me now is hunter walker, national affairs reporter for "talking points memo" and ryan greer, msnbc political analyst. hunter walker this is an extraordinary analyst. i heard the phrase "foot stamps" from someone trying to ask him about his vote in the house of representatives in fav
CNN
Nov 20, 2013 5:00pm PST
a deal with federal prosecutors in a statement yesterday, radel apologized saying he struggles with alcoholism. he's only been in washington for over ten months, apparently long enough to establish drug connections. he was busted during a string operation after a dealer ratted him out. joe johns has details. >> reporter: saying nothing, the florida congressman headed in to face charges, his guilty plea weeks after trey raid l was caught in a sting operation in october. the drug enforcement administration setting him up after learning about illegal activities from an arrested drug dealer. a law enforcement source said here on due month circle in the heart of washington d.c. radel told the men he had drugs back at his apartment and invited them over and they declined. the undercover officer said he had drugs to sale. they agreed on a price and came here on the street. price he paid for the drugs $260. after the charges were revealed, radel said i'm profoundly sorry to let down my family, particularly my wife and son and the people of southwest florida. i struggle with a disease on alc
MSNBC
Nov 21, 2013 7:00am PST
. we'll have much more on radel and that road to redemption coming up in our next half hour. >>> also, thousands of african elephants are being slaughtered for their tuvengs. some are calling it blood ivory for its connection to funding terrorism. a new documentary explains and the producer is here along with sigourney weaver. we'll be talking to them coming up. [ baby crying ] [ mom ] be right there, baby. [ muffled noises ] oops. ow. sorry. [ baby crying ] ♪ [ female announcer ] new pampers. unlike ordinary diapers with 2 layers, pampers have 3 absorbent layers, to stay up to 3 times drier, so babies can sleep soundly all night. ♪ wishing you love, sleep and play. pampers. where their electricity comes from. they flip the switch-- and the light comes on. it's our job to make sure that it does. using natural gas this power plant can produce enough energy for about 600,000 homes. generating electricity that's cleaner and reliable, with fewer emissions-- it matters. ♪ could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance. everybody knows that. well, did you know that when a tre
KRON
Nov 26, 2013 6:00am PST
2012. congressman trey radel is being asked to step down by the republican party of florida. radel pleaded guilty to cocaine possession last week technology that he purchased the drug last month from an undercover police officer in washington. radel has taken a leave of absence and check himself into a rehab. ózçwó i'm for the kron4 tech report with the gabe slate. >>: good morning i am kron4's tech reporter gave slate. it's not the barge but have you heard about the google pop up stories. these new stores " is opening at malls across the country are bringing snow to places that normally have snow. google has chosen six city so far for this experiment. the closest one to us is the west will galleria air rose buildup north east of sacramento. google is calling these temporary pops up stores and malls winter wonderland. these will be spot for people can get their hands on google products like this chrome book laptop, the next seven tablet. the smart phone, media streamer and maybe even google glass. the tussle and it looked like a dome. and the dome is snowing. fix now. people wil
FOX News
Nov 20, 2013 2:00am PST
. >> florida congressman tray radel is under drug charges. his suspected dealer named him as a buyer to authorities. the congressman released a statement. believe me i am disappointed with myself and i stand ready to face consequences of my action. it carries 6 months in prison and a fine of a thousand dollars. >>> this morning virginia state senator cre dean is in critical condition after being stabbed several times for hby his own s. some say the son was going through personal problems. >> senator creigh deeds was one of the best known democrats in virginia having won statewide races here in 2009 for governor. what is not as widely known is people here in his home town say his son 24-year-old gus deeds had been struggling with behavioral problems, problems they say boiled over in his home in virginia. the senator was attacked by his own son inside the house with a knife. senator deeds was able to make it outside of the house and walk down a dirt road where he encountered his own cousin. his cousin took him to the cousin's house where they called 911. when police arrived inside the hom
FOX News
Nov 22, 2013 1:00am PST
buying drugs but stopped short of stepping down. should u.s. congressman trey radel be allowed to keep his job. house speaker john boehner was asked about it. we'll tell you what he said about it up next. >>> so another day another politician with a major scandal threatening to end his career. this time it's trey radel. he pleaded guilty yesterday to buying cocaine and entered a program today for substance abuse. he addressed the problem last night. >> i won't sit here and make excuses for what identify done. i've let down our country. i've let down our constituents. i've let down my family. i'll take a leave of absence, taking responsibility that i need to own town what in need to do, get well and come out of this as a better man. i'm struggling with this disease but i can overcome it. >> the congressman will take a ave of absence opinion should he step down? let's listen to speaker boehner. >> i believe members of congress should be held to the highest ethical standard. i think at this point mr. radel, the issue is between he and his family and his constituents. >> eric, do you think
CNN
Nov 21, 2013 6:00am PST
pleaded guilty to coindication possession, congressman trey radel admitted he has a cocaine a -- actual an alcohol addiction. >> he will donate his sal troy charity while he gets treatment. alina ma cha dough is live in cape coral, florida, where he made this announcement last night. good morning. >> good morning, christine. the 37-year-old lawmaker flew in late last night, came to his office where he answered questions from reporters about his future. >> i have no excuse for what i've done. >> reporter: contrite and apologetic, republican congressman trey radel announced late wednesday night that he's taking a leave of absence from congress after pleading guilty to possession of cocaine. >> i have let down our country. i've let down our constituents. i've let down my family. >> reporter: the freshman lawmaker says he's accepting responsibility for his actions. >> i have been getting the help that i need, and i will continue to get the help that i need. >> reporter: federal agents arrested radel back in october during a drug sting. court documents say he bought 3.5 grams of co
CBS
Nov 21, 2013 7:00am PST
was a long day for congressman radel yesterday. he began by pleading guilty to one count of drug possession and then headed back to florida for ask for forgiveness and seek help. >> i'm sorry. i have no excuse for what i've done. >> reporter: in his home district, florida congressman tre radel stood alone, sidestepping allegations he told reporters he was taking a leave of absence from office. >> i do believe in forgiveness and redemption and hope to come out of this a better and stronger man for all of you. >> reporter: the 37-year-old said he struggled with alcoholism and that the disease runs in his family. >> i've been dealing with this off and on for years. i grew up with a mom who struggled with alcoholism. it is not an easy thing to deal with. i don't want my son to go through that. >> reporter: noticeably missing from radel's side was his wife amy. earlier in washington d.c., he appeared in court and pled guilty to cocaine possession. according to the u.s. attorney for the district of columbia while investigating drug trafficking this fall agents learned radel was routine
CBS
Nov 26, 2013 4:00am PST
republican party is calling on congressman trey radel to resign. radel pleaded guilty to cocaine possession after getting caught in an under cover investigation. he took a leave of absence and entered a rehab facility but he did not step down. in a written statement, chairman lenny curry said the people of florida's 19th congressional district need a congressman who is 100% focused on the needs of southwest florida. >>> coming up on the "morning news", president interrupted. president obama faces a heckler during his speech on immigration. this is the "cbs morning news." ring his speech on immigration. this is the "cbs morning news." [ woman ] wow. it's the first diamond ever independently certified to be visibly brighter. it's...perfect. it even fits. that's because... ♪ ...i already had it sized. will you marry me? [ female announcer ] the visibly brighter leo diamond. handcrafted by the master diamond artisans at leo schacter. at kay, the number-one jewelry store in america. yes. ♪ every kiss begins with kay so, if you're sleeping in your contact lenses, what you wear to b
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